THEA 218
Ritual, Pattern and Intuition: writing and devising for performance
Last Offered Fall 2021
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Together, we will (re)discover alternative forms of writing and devising plays, to question the gender, racial and heteronormative bias in contemporary western narratology. In this class you will build and expand your dramaturgical toolbox to thoughtfully understand and engage with new plays, you’ll explore your own individual artistic voice and process through creative experiments and generative writing exercises, and finally, you’ll write/create a new performance project to be workshopped throughout the semester, culminating in a final presentation.This is a process driven class in which we will interrogate our existing habits and thought patterns to intuitively embrace new narrative structures. Through ritual, pattern and alternative forms of dramaturgy, we’ll explore new ways to generate and organize content. We’ll develop new work through weekly writing exercises and creative processes stimulated by design elements and influences from artists of other mediums. We’ll critically consider and celebrate the work of artists existing outside of white heteropatriarchy. We’ll collectively strategize non-hierarchical forms of the curation and presentation of performance.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 2003
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly writing projects leading up to a longer final project, research and writing notebook compiled throughout the semester, peer responses; attendance and class participation
Prerequisites: Students are asked to write a personal statement about their experience with collaborative practice and include questions that they would desire to pursue in the course.
Enrollment Preferences: In instance of over-enrollment, preference will be given to Seniors, Juniors, & Sophomores in the Theatre Major.
Distributions: Division I

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